Pups & Pine Trees

To get ready for the holidays, we visited visited Nutbrown’s Christmas Tree Farm in Carnegie, PA. And we brought a friend! We partnered with Animal Friends to bring this adoptable cutie, Patriot. See our day below!

 

Paws and poms led the way on our search through the farm’s rows of fresh pine trees.

Patriot was just as excited as we were to be in the fresh air. Every brunette can use a blonde friend… but we all need a furry best friend! (psst… Patriot is THE sweetest and still up for adoption!)

Patriot had to head back to Animal Friends once we found our tree, but he brought his Pom-tastic Snood with him!

Pups & Pine Trees

Pups & Pine Trees

To learn more about Animal Friends or to make sure Patriot and his furry friends get forever homes for the holidays, check out the Animal Friends website here!

 

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Holiday Packing Guide

The holidays are all about giving—not forgetting! Trust our holiday packing guide to make sure you have everything you need for your trip home. Read on to see some of our packing must-haves!

 Keep Cozy

Cable knit sweaters and cropped hoodies are always in style. Made for snowy days or staying in, these cozy tops have you covered!

Holiday Packing GuideNordic Lace Loves

Start with the basics and keep it always Aerie underneath with your fave bralette and matching undie set. Holiday Packing Guide

All The Leggings

For lounging, eating, shopping, everything… pack all the leggings! Pack plenty of pairs to go with all your fave tops and stay cozy all week long. Holiday Packing Guide

Step By Step

Prepare for the elements! Pack your warmest pair of knit socks and waterproof boots to keep your toes safe from the snow.

Holiday Packing Guide

 

Add Some Accessories

Knit beanies and cozy scarves will keep you warm all break long. Fun sayings and bright colors make these must-haves stand out!

Holiday Packing Guide

Want more of our fave holiday styles? See more here!

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Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

We’re so excited to support Pō Swim, a collection inspired by Miami and started by Ava Frati at just 15! We talked to Ava about her entry into the design world, her newest Pō Swim collection and what #AerieREAL means to her. Read on to find out how growing up in Miami has influenced this 15 year old to change the swim game, and meet Ava on Saturday, 12.9 at our NEW Lincoln Road store!

Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō SwimReal Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

You started Pō Swim at the age of 15. What advice do you have for other young girls trying to start their own businesses?

I launched Pō Swim on my website earlier this year when I turned 15. I worked hard to try and design what young girls, like me, wanted in a swimsuit. The advice I have for other young girls trying to start their own businesses is believe in your ideas and set your goals high. Share your ideas for feedback with those you trust. Take advice and don’t be scared. You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.

The one piece swimsuit has really made a comeback! What is your fave new swim trend?

My new favorite swim trend would have to be the plunge top. It’s such a flattering and empowering shape– I can’t wait to introduce the new ones I designed.

What’s your favorite piece from your collection?

My favorite piece from my collection would have to be the Mar top with the Emma bottoms. Even though I do truly love all my suits, this set is so versatile. The mesh panels give off an active, sexy look, and the stitching of the suit is perfect for physical activity, or even hanging out on the beach. It’s the one suit that every girl should have!Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

How has growing up in Miami influenced your designs?

Growing up in Miami has influenced my designs by seeing lots of bikinis and the beautiful girls who wear them in all shapes and sizes. We are lucky enough to swim, boat and sunbathe all year round. Miami girls are always looking for that “new” bikini. We are active so it must move with us. Miami has influenced the ease of my designs, the comfort of the ultra-soft fabrics and the colors I choose. From the Miami sunsets, to the city lights of South Beach, all the colors and shapes of Miami have built my collection.

Pō Swim is continuing to grow! What can we expect to see in the future from your brand?

When I was younger, I knew I wanted to design. Pō Swim has just started as a bathing suit company but I want to expand and grow. I want the Pō Swim girl to wear my cover ups, carry my beach bags and slip on my shoes! In the future I plan to do espadrilles, beach bags and hats, ready to wear, and activewear. I want to grow with Pō Swim girls and hope they want to grow with me too!

What makes you #AerieREAL?

I am #AerieReal because I took chances and believed in a dream. All young girls dream of a way to express themselves but sometimes we get scared we may not achieve our goals. I chose to express myself through design. I hope other girls love my story and feel inspired to believe in themselves and dream big too. I am grateful to Aerie for giving me this awesome opportunity!

Where there is confidence there is beauty!

Ava Frati #AvaReal

 

Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim    Real Talk with Ava Frati of Pō Swim

Want to see more of Ava’s suits? Shop her collection in our Lincoln Road store and at Aerie.com!

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Stylist’s Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

3 favorite sweaters. 3 favorite leggings. 3 favorite outfits! Erin styled 3 looks with the holiday season of excess in mind. They’re made for the days when you’re filling up on food or running around!

 

ALL THE INFO

The holiday season can be crazy packed with plans, and you’ll be crazy grateful to do it all with something soft on top and stretchy on the bottom. Sweaters and leggings do it all!

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite OutfitsPrint Mix

Don’t be afraid to be BOLD. When your prints are in the same color story, feel free to mix it up and wear them all together.

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

 

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

Look 2: Holiday Party Shine

Want to dress up a legging look for a night out? Shine on! Wear this Shine Legging, that cozy Turtleneck and don’t forget to add a fun beanie. It’s all you need!

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

Look 3: Show Some Lace

If you need a new way to wear your high neck bralettes, this one’s for you! Highlight your Nordic Lace High Neck Bralette by pairing it with this lower cut Lace-Up Sweater. Add your favorite new Play Legwarmer Legging on the bottom and go from dancing around in your living room to dancing out with your girls!Stylist's Picks: 3 Favorite Outfits

WHY ERIN LOVES IT

We all want to be comfortable this holiday season while we’re treating ourselves with candy and treats. Stay comfy and cozy and give in to the power of stretchy pants while you’re eating everything!

 

HOW TO WEAR IT

The easiest way to style your two favorite winter pieces is to wear them together. Leggings are the BEST multi-use pieces for your wardrobe: wear them from working out to going out to filling up on food. They won’t miss a beat or a holiday treat!

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Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Our team went to Iceland for our holiday photoshoot, and it was EPIC. This magical place is still fresh in their minds months after the shoot, and we want to share it with you! Read on for favorite moments (moss-covered lava rock! cats! hot dogs!) and travel tips from Summer, our Creative Director, and Erin, Aerie Stylist Extraordinaire.

 

Mývatn Nature Bath

Swimming in steamy geothermal water? Yes, please. Get more info on the Mývatn Nature Baths here.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Aerie Photographer, Ali, marked her fourth holiday shoot with us. One of Summer’s favorite parts was traveling with Ali and the rest of the extended Aerie family, “truly the best travel companions EVER! I’ve been lucky enough to travel with the same team for years, many of whom I only see a few times a year… so it was extra special to spend this ‘holiday’ season with them and create holiday magic for our Aerie girls. Definitely an unforgettable present. No egos, no divas and of course… no retouching!” 📷

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

The rest of the team joined later, but Summer headed into the baths before sunrise alone. Take her tip and take off your jewels! “The natural baths will rapidly tarnish sterling silver! I mean it will turn it fast! It can be polished and will return to its silvery shine but I suggest taking off the jewels unless you’re into black metals with an oily sheen. Gold is fine. I’m sure there were signs or maybe this is explained on the tour but who’s reading or listening when there’s steamy blue water and mountains to look at.”

 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Boats and babes are the names of the game at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Our team hit the water and navigated the country with the help of Hero Productions, an Icelandic company that made this shoot possible. In addition to making Aerie holiday magic, they’ve worked on a little show you may have heard of… Game of Thrones!

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Whether or not you can pronounce Jökulsárlón, Icelandic is a language unlike anything you’ve ever heard, and it was one of Summer’s favorite parts: “It’s utterly impossible for this gal from central PA to imitate or comprehend Icelandic, but that makes it both stunning and fascinating to listen to.”

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Iceland makes it a priority to use eco-friendly practices and maintain the untouched feel of the land. In Erin’s view, “it is our responsibility to keep it that way as Iceland’s tourism booms and more and more people visit.” From large, refillable containers in the hotels instead of mini refillable bottles to opting for the delicious tap water over bottled water, Erin loved “how green and socially responsible the Icelandic people are.” ♻️

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

💎 Diamond Beach 💎

Poppy braved the temps in her Aerie Swim, but don’t forget the extra layers. Erin’s tip: “Wear weatherproof layers and you will be warm and cozy. Don’t try to look cool! Nerd out in the gear and you will be much happier and drier.”

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

Úlfjótsskáli Luxury Lodge

“Horses and sheep and puffins, oh my! 🐴🐑😻 And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.” Summer and the team traveled to Úlfjótsskáli Luxury Lodge and made some new friends along the way. Start planning your own trip here.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

See a stream nearby? Take a drink! Summer drank “straight from a stream with my hands. If it’s good enough for an Icelandic horse, it’s plenty good enough for me!”

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Summer and Erin were both ALL about the animals. Horses weren’t the only furry friends to meet. Erin loved the “remarkably loud sheep. Chatty creatures.” And if you know these Aerie girls, you know they’re passionate about one pet in particular— cats!

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

Matur (Food)

It’s not a good trip without amazing food, and Iceland was no exception.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Summer was into a surprisingly Icelandic delicacy: “Hot dogs 🌭 try them all! I had the pleasure of sharing my first Icelandic hot dog experience with Iskra and styling assistant, David. Throughout our trip I was able to taste test three dogs from three different places but this was my first and by far the best! First class, #1, Pylsuvagninn Selfossi. Located near the bridge when you arrive in Selfoss, you will not miss it! It’s less than an hour east of Reykjavik.” Erin loved Plokkfiskur, fish stew 🐟 “Warms and coats your insides on the cold day, and you are always on your feet hiking and walking around so don’t be afraid. Protein and carb up!”

 

Akureyri

This little town in northern Iceland was one of Summer’s favorite moments: “It has red hearts in place of the red circles on all the traffic lights. ‘STOP FOR ❤’ what’s better than that? Can we just make a worldwide update to all traffic lights? The whole town has a happy positive vibe and even though we were just passing through, it left a lasting imprint on my heart.” Plan a love stop here.

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

 

A World Of Amazing 

Between locations on the shoot, Erin “was obsessed with stopping to touch the moss-covered lava rock. It looked like broccoli cotton candy. I had to put my feet in it and feel it between my toes. It was just as good as I imagined. Maybe even better! And we got the most memorable shots with the sun setting as we drove back to hotel after our last day of the shoot. That’s a wrap!” 🌍

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

Behind-The-Scenes: Aerie Goes To Iceland

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How To Hygge With Erin

Hygge (“hoo-gah”): the magic that comes from creating your happy place and living the cozy life. We were inspired by this Nordic concept during our holiday photoshoot in Iceland, and we’re still all about that cozy life back in the US! Watch our video with Aerie Stylist, Erin’s tips for getting your hygge on this season.

Start with cozy layers (duh!)

We LOVE the warm Bouclé Oversized Sweaters and soft Sleep Leggings for cozy hygge feels. Throw on our Pom-Tastic Slippers for ultimate cozy!

Add the essentials.

Fuzzy rugs and plush blankets are must-haves for a hygge-ready home. Mix and match soft plush fabrics with fleeces and faux furs for holiday chill.

Set the scene. 

Surround yourself with twinkle lights, handmade art and your fave happy quotes. Sip on a cup of hot cocoa and start living your best hygge life!

Hygge and kisses!

How do you hygge this holiday season? Comment below & tell us!

 

 

 

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